Here we share some observations about and snapshots of
the Passive House
we had built in Oakland County, Michigan. All photographs were taken by us unless otherwise noted.
—Maura and Kurt Jung
Second floor taking shape
Monday, 21 May 2012
The second floor walls were delivered and placed today. We’re able to walk
around and get sense of the views from the upper story.
On a different note, we have decided to forego the wood stove for our home. As
related earlier, many details about how well wood stoves can work in a Passive
House are lacking. Some unknowns are
how the draft impacts the finely balanced air-to-air heat exchanger
how to balance the various factors concerning stove air intake, for example
the risk of backdrafts
how tightly the various stove and flue components can be fitted to prevent
how to address condensation concerns where the flue has to be placed behind
walls and where code requires the chimney damper to be at the stove rather
than the insulation interface where it makes good thermodynamic sense
the apparent inability to stoke a very hot, clean, efficient fire since the
thermal requirements of a Passive House are so low
We plan on constructing an outdoor hearth instead. For makeup heat, we will
consider solar thermal collectors or an outdoor wood burner that can be stoked
very hot for an efficient, clean fire.